p.2 Comparative Statement of Welland Canal - lists amounts of principal articles that passed through in 1837 and 1838. [Hamilton Gazette]
OPENING OF THE WELLAND CANAL.
[Oswego County Whig]
It is with pleasure we lay before our readers the following letter (which was politely furnished for publication) on the subject of the Welland Canal. It shows that notwithstanding the outrages of our citizens, and the mad and unheard of course pursued by many of them, who would, to gratify their own evil propensities, sacrifice every principle of honesty, of interest, and destroy the whole business of Oswego, and ruin her prospect for years, the canal is still open to our citizens, and every exertion will be used on the part of the Canadians to aid our forwarders in the prosecution of their business.
St. Catharines, U.C. 23rd Jan'y, 1839.
Charles Smith, Jr., Oswego.
Dear Sir, - You are no doubt, even at this early season of the year, beginning to think of next summer's business through the Welland Canal, and it may therefore not be amiss to inform you at present I see no reason why the same should not be open as early in the spring as vessels can leave your harbour to it. We are keeping the water on throughout the whole extent of the canal, and have one lock only, No. 17, in course of repair, which will be done in March - the other usual trifling repairs and cleaning out the short levels, will also be done in good time.
The vessels lying at Port Robinson are all safe, and I have given orders to the men in charge of that level to keep it well up so that they shall not ground. I really hope that those of your village whose interest it certainly is, to have the free use of the canal, will use their influence to ensure it without interruption. It depends mainly on yourselves, and as far as my exertions can go to have it ready for navigation by an early day in April, they shall not be wanting, I assure you.
Yours truly, W.B. ROBINSON.
Superintendent Welland Canal.
Notice is hereby given, that application will be made at the next session of the Legislature, to increase the Capital Stock of the Cobourg Harbour Company, and to extend the period for completing the said Harbour; as also to afford further protection to the Company, by preventing persons from building Storehouses, or other works, on public ground, within at least one hundred yards of the buildings or works of the said Company.
Cobourg, 18th August, 1838.